Plein air studies

As I painted along the shore of a large Vermont lake, I encountered weather fronts that moved quickly through my painting. The distant mountain would change rapidly as light played off the clouds and the next climate adjustment would occur. It was as if everything were dialed up a notch or two. Recording this information into a painting called for a session of quick draw as I had to decide what to paint and what to ignore. I settled into making small oil studies on canvas board. I pre-stained the ground color, saving time when establishing values. I also worked with a restricted pallet so as to give the small works unity, and to save time with color decisions. Often these small paintings come off as strong works in their own right, and converting them into studio pieces invites failure. The spontaneity from that moment at the easel cannot be redone. Instead, I will refer to the on-site marker sketches and photos to produce studio paintings. This process will employ my memory of place as an influence on the studio painting. End comparisons of these two processes are then made.








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